Newsletters

Newsletter July 2019


It’s July and it’s time to celebrate!

Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July which is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.

How we love our celebrations. We celebrate what’s important to us like Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Ground Hog Day. But there is one anniversary that we often forget: our baptismal birthday.

Children love birthdays. They get excited for the presents, the cake and ice cream. Many families plan big celebrations. The reason we celebrate birthdays is because we are thankful to God for creating our children in the first place.

Newsletter June 2019


Charles Dickens begins his classic, A Tale of Two Cities, saying, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This is not only a synopsis of the time before the French Revolution, it is a synopsis of all history. Every time carries with it good and bad. The book of Genesis explains why this is the case. Ever since sin entered the world, the best and the worst have locked horns. The book of Genesis looks at the tension between the best and the worst and offers hope that the best is yet to come.

This Summers Sizzling Sermon Series will be based on the book of Genesis.


Newsletter May 2019


Living In the Light of the Resurrection

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies...”

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
Your eternal life doesn’t start when you die, if you are a believer your eternal life has already begun. So are you living your life in light of the fact that you are going to Heaven

Newsletter April 2019


Saturate Shalimar

For the past few weeks we have been walking the streets of Shalimar distributing 5,000 DVDs of the JESUS FILM and invitations to our Easter Sunday Services and Activities. Thanks to all who have taken part in this project!

Do you remember the radio commercial for McCaskill and Company? “McCaskill and Company the elegant host on the Emerald Coast.” That would be a good motto for the church. Easter Sunday is just around the corner and as our Lenten
Sermon Series Love Is has taught us, we have an opportunity to show God’s love to our visitors. It’s our opportunity to be hospitable; an elegant host, as we welcome visitors to Good Shepherd

Newsletter March 2019


Lenten Devotions available in the Narthex

The human ensemble in Jesus’ Passion is a diverse cast and far older than the period of Jesus’ ministry.

In People of the Passion, you’ll see God at work—from the fall of man to the first century—slowly, steadily, unfolding, His master plan of love and redemption.

Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotions – 2019

Newsletter February 2019


I would like to thank everyone who participated in the KEYS FOR THE KINGDOM fundraiser held on January 26th. The event was a huge success with the proceeds going to the Church Organ Replacement Fund. We raised just over $9,000.

I especially want to thank our Music Director Lois Henry for putting together an outstanding program for the evening. It was truly world class! And thanks to all who performed. Thanks also goes out to our donors: The Bud Day Family, Jim and Sandee Baughman, Betty and Buddy Johnson, Lee and Jean Grieve, Playground Music, Piano Technician Greg Pollard, Sealand Restaurant, Blacksuit Graphic Design, Image Printing, Frames by Sharon, Vivian and Bob Moser, Linda Babiak, and Linda Swanson.

Many thanks to the behind-the-scene volunteers who contributed to the event’s success; before, during and after the fundraiser.

Thank you again,
Pastor Ray

Newsletter January 2019

Newsletter January 2019


As many of you may already know, our church organ is in dire need of replacement. It has been in the sanctuary since it 1988 and has outlived its normal life expectancy by 10 years. Thanks to the generosity of some anonymous donors, we currently have just over $20,000 in our GSLC Organ Replacement Fund.

To help us raise additional funds, “Lois Henry and Friends” will be putting on a spectacular evening of classical music at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium on Saturday, January 26, 2019, beginning at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for the event are $25 and will be available for purchase prior to the event and at the door. As an added bonus, there will be a Silent Auction featuring George “Bud” Day Memorabilia, a George Rodrigue Blue Dog Painting, as well as other items. All proceeds from the event will benefit the GSLC Organ Replacement Fund.

Newsletter December 2018


Advent Services
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM December 5th, 12th, and 19th
Dinner is served at 5:30 before each service. The Fellowship Board is providing desserts, they will be served after dinner.

The Fellowship Board is hosting a Christmas Breakfast on December 23rd at 9:30 AM Everyone is invited and encouraged to fellowship and celebrate the birth of our Savior.

CHRISTMAS EVE Monday, December 24th at 6:00 PM *
*Please note we are having ONE evening service

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE Tuesday, December 25th at 10:00 AM With Holy Communion


Newsletter November 2018


HURRICANE MICHAEL RELIEF EFFORTS

Donations are still being accepted. If you wish to make a monetary donation, make your check payable to Good Shepherd and designate Hurricane Relief Fund.

CAMP RESTORE has been set up at Trinity Lutheran in Panama City. Teams leave daily from the camp and help out. If you are able to help please call Don Panzenhagen (850) 420-1654 or the church office.

This is the latest on the needs as of October 29th

Asher Newsletter October 2018


Teaching the Word
jennie.asher@lcms.org
We are well into the school year, and that means that the Christian Education programs at Kaiserslautern Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) are in full swing.

We began the school year on September 8 with our second annual Sunday School teachers’ fall workshop. Nearly 15 teachers and substitutes attended to learn more about God’s Word and how to communicate it effectively to children. Joe led discussions on teaching Law and Gospel. Besides working with a member to organize the event, Jennie taught sessions on “Teaching the Way Jesus Taught”, faith development in children and questioning techniques. This year a member also led sessions as we seek to get more members involved in

leadership.


Newsletter October 2018


Saturate Shalimar

Netflix is coming out with a superhero series called AMERICAN JESUS. The story is about a 12 year old boy who discovers that he has the power to turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and even raise the dead! The boy discovers that he is Jesus re-incarnated: an American Jesus who has returned to save mankind.

Research by Bara Research shows that most Americans believe that Jesus was a real person, but they are not sure that He was God. Americans are divided on whether Jesus was sinless and are conflicted as to whether Jesus or their good deeds are the way to Heaven.

So how do we get the truth out about Jesus? We are going to SATURATE every household within the Shalimar Zip Code, 32579, with a door-hanging packet containing a personalized invitation to Good Shepherd.

Newsletter September 2018


In 2018 Good Shepherd began a discipleship process called 24 to Double and it will take two years to complete.
We have just finished our seventh session. As part of the process we were asked to write out a short memorable vision statement that points out why we exist. After four months of discussing different ideas we came up with this: Our mission as a church is to Gather, Grow and Go!
We GATHER on Sunday mornings like the first disciples did on the first day of the week; the day of Jesus’ resurrection, to hear God’s Word, confess our sins and receive His forgiveness, and receive the Lord’s Supper

Newsletter August 2018


A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:
Things That Go Bump in the Night!

This summer we are dealing with real life issues that keep people awake at night (i.e. worry, stress, hopelessness, crisis of faith, fear of failure, death, uncertainty of the future, etc). Join us as we rediscover the hope and peace we find in God’s Word.

Newsletter July 2018


A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:

Things That Go Bump in the Night!

This summer we are dealing with real life issues that keep people awake at night (i.e. worry, stress, hopelessness, crisis of faith, fear of failure, death, uncertainty of the future, etc.). Join us as we rediscover the hope and peace we find in God’s Word.


Rabe Newsletter June 2018


Seeing the Fruits

It has been a real joy to work with the Masters students these past two years at Mekane Yesus Seminary.

But what brings a lot of joy is to see the fruit of your labors among your students. This past month brought to completion the students’ studies and their Master Thesis defense in the MA II class. These are the students that my colleague, Rev. Eric Stinnett, and myself have been teaching for the last two years.

Asher Newsletter June 2018


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings from Germany! We pray that this finds you all well and enjoying summer activities. We are enjoying some sunshine here in Southwest Germany!

Please find attached our latest newsletter to keep you informed of some of the activities happening here. We are keeping very busy and enjoying the Lord's service in this place. Thank you for your continued prayers and support which makes it possible for us to remain here.

As always, if you have any questions or comments on the newsletter (or if you just want to let us know how YOU are doing!), we would love to hear from you.

Blessings in Christ,
Joe and Jennie

Newsletter June 2018


A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:
Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Join us this summer as we deal with real life issues that keep people awake at night (i.e. worry, stress, hopelessness, crisis of faith, fear of failure, death, uncertainty of the future, etc.) and rediscover the hope and peace we find in God’s Word.

Newsletter May 2018


A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:
Things That Go Bump in the Night!

When you were a child maybe you clutched at your covers at night, firmly believing that there was SOMETHING just waiting to get you hidden under your bed or in the closet. You thought that you would out grow your fears, but now as an adult there are monsters still in lurking in the shadows

Newsletter April 2018


What Easter Means to Me

Has it sunk in yet? The message of Easter; He is Risen! He is alive!

When I ponder what Easter means to me, the first word that comes to my mind is FREEDOM!

Newsletter March 2018


At the 2017 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Fall Leadership Conference, LCMS President Matthew C Harrison predicted that the LCMS will decline over the next 10-15 years by over 500,000 members.

So what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen here at Good Shepherd?

Read on!

Newsletter February 2018


The Gospel in Seven Words

The season of Lent is a time to reflect and repent. It’s a time to confess our sins as we prepare for Holy Week. But it’s also a time to confess our faith. It’s a time to prepare to give a reason for why Holy Week is so important. That’s what this Lenten Series tries to do. It aims to equip us to confess our faith before a lost and dying world.


Newsletter January 2018


The Good News!

As I write this another year is coming to a close; 2017 is history; one year is gone and another has begun. It’s that time of the year when many people make resolutions. So what improvements and goals have you set for yourself for the New Year?



Newsletter December 2017


Advent Services
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM December 6th, 13th, and 20th (Dinner is served at 5:30 before each service)
The Innkeeper Elizabeth and Zechariah The Shepherd

Newsletter November 2017


500 on the 500th

More than 500 people attended Good Shepherd’s REFORMATION FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 29th at the Ft. Walton Beach Landing. What an exciting commemoration it was! A big THANK YOU to all of you who made this event a great success! And give thanks to the Lord for He is good! Pray that the seeds of God’s Word that were planted will grow!

To the Glory of God

Newsletter October 2017


“You can cook this goose, but within a century a swan shall arise who will prevail.” - Jon Huss, 1415 AD

The origin of the expression “Your goose is cooked” is from Jon Huss’s last words before he was burned at the stake for espousing that Scripture alone is the basis for spiritual authority and not councils nor traditions. An hundred years later in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther was the swan to Huss’s goose

Newsletter September 2017


Love for One Another

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

1975 Eloise - 1995 Erin - 1995 Opal - 2000 Helene - 2001 Barry - 2004 Ivan - 2005 Dennis

These are the names of just some of the hurricanes that have hit our area. Help poured in from our neighbors

Newsletter August 2017


Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.

Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.

This summer I will be sharing the STORIES AND LESSONS FROM THE FARM I grew up on in Texas, and what it taught me through them

Newsletter July 2017


Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.

Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.

This summer I will be sharing the STORIES AND LESSONS FROM THE FARM I grew up on in Texas, and what it taught me through them

Newsletter June 2017


Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.

Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.

His family probably raised chickens and had a vegetable garden, which would have taught Him how a mother hen would care for her chicks. He knew about weeds growing up among the crop. He told parables about seeds falling on good soil while others fell on rocky soil. It was natural for Jesus to use concrete examples from His daily life and in the lives others in His teachings.

Newsletter May 2017


Stories and Lessons from the Farm

Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.

Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.

His family probably raised chickens and had a vegetable garden, which would have taught Him how a mother hen would care for her chicks. He knew about weeds growing up among the crop. He told parables about seeds falling on good soil while others fell on rocky soil. It was natural for Jesus to use concrete examples from His daily life and in the lives others in His teachings.